We had a busy start to the day and lots to do. We split into 2 groups one group went and started planting in the front gardens the other group stayed in the garden area on the field. We cleaned out the chickens, water plants and made a new compost bin. We have lots growing now so we are starting to plan where it will go. Lucas is helping us to make an Anderson shelter which has been really interesting and given us new skills to learn. We can’t wait for next week though it looks very busy already.
We visited Gressenhall Museum and Farm to experience what life was like on the ‘homefront’ during World War 2.
We met an officer from the Homeguard who taught us self-defense, using a broomstick handle as a bayonet! We had to ‘fall in’, stand to attention and march in line. He even checked that we weren’t spies.
We met a ‘land girl’ on the farm who showed us how to clean the harnesses for the Suffolk Punch horses. We tried our hand at milking cows (using fake udders) and learned how the role of women changed during World War 2, as many women stepped in to keep farms, factories and transport going.
The Air Raid Precautions Warden let us hear a real air raid siren and try on a gas mask. We huddled in the air raid shelter and sang ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary!” He showed us playing cards from World War 2 which featured pictures of German, Japanese and RAF planes.
In the cottage, we helped make chocolate truffles using rationed ingredients. There was even mash potato in the mixture but some of us still gave it the thumbs up!
At the village shop, we saw how to show our ration card to buy portions of food. We learned how people used their gardens and parks to grow food and kept chickens to help stretch out their rations.
We had an amazing time at Gressenhall. We were able to show how much we have learned about life on the Homefront. We also gained lots of new ideas, to add to our Working as Historians showcase!
Today we split into 3 groups, this was the outside blog. In the garden we cleaned out the chickens and there run and put all the waste in the compost so we can reuse it later in the garden. At the same time we were also watering all our beds and plants inside and outside (the hose is fixed, which was exciting). We spent some time going through our seed bank to see what we could plant at this time of year. The seed packets were hard to read but we got the knack in the end. The group that are digging the beds at the front have started laying the paths between beds and are really pleased with what we have achieved so far. Looking forward to next week 🙂
We’ve been lucky so far this week with the weather, and although it is cold today it is also bright and sunny. We spent lots of time climbing trees and making dens today. Some of got the clay out and made some wonderful creations. The mud pit is open again so we enjoyed making mud food to go into the cafe we had created. As usual we had a great time and we are looking forward to the next session.
Year 5 had an amazing session, we climbed used clay and made food in our mud kitchen. Looking forward to next week.
Today we started to plant seedlings into pots and trays we will keep them warm and undercover in the poly-tunnel. We found lots that could be planted, and found out that reading information packets is a skill on its own, we planted a huge range of flower, vegetable and herb seeds. Luckily we got to use the compost we had been donated. It was fun and we loved getting our hands dirty. We also had a group outside cleaning the chickens out and cleaning the pen. It was a hugely positive start to our garden plans.
Its the start of a new year and we had lots of fun we made some amazing dens using tarps, pallets and tires as materials. As well as this, we played in the mud pit making a quick sand area and found ways to cross it. A group did some pond dipping and found lots to look at. We had a great time and the weather was beautiful.
The first session back in a new year. We wanted to start planting soon and that meant sorting out our planting beds, Mr H and Justin helped us with that and we got amazing amounts of work done, we raked, weeded, filled the beds with compost and ta da we are ready. It was alot of work but we did it
Year 5 had a special day where they were in groups and learnt about WWII. This particular group was learning about different historical artefacts that were used in this time.
One of the artefacts was a gas mask which people used to protect themselves from deadly gasses. The masks had special yellow bags in which to go in. When a bomb dropped it made a noise and that meant everyone had to put on their masks and go to the nearest shelter.
Another artefact shown was a metal hat worn by soldiers to protect themselves from getting hurt from explosions.
Children were sent away to safety. They often travelled with their suitcases filled with toys and necessities. We thought the children were anxious and scared to be leaving their families behind.
This was an interesting session because we learnt a lot of new information that we did not know before. We look forward to finding out more!
We are studying what life was like in WWII this term. On Monday we investigated how much food people would get in the war. We found out that rationing started because they didn’t have enough food for everyone. People were only allowed 2oz butter ,8oz sugar, 2oz cheese ,4oz bacon and ham ,40z marg ,3 pints milk , 2oz tea , 1 fresh egg , 1 packet of dried eggs every 4 weeks.
On the 8th of January 1940 butter , bacon and sugar were rationed.
People had rationing books so they could get their food each week. Adults got more food than children.